Welcome to Patna


For more than a millennium, Patna was one of India's most powerful cities. Early in the 5th century BC, Ajatasatru shifted the capital of his Magadha kingdom from Rajgir to Pataliputra (Patna), fulfilling Buddha’s prophecy that a great city would arise here. Emperors Chandragupta Maurya and Ashoka also called Pataliputra their capitals, making it the centre of empires that stretched across most of the subcontinent. Little trace of these glory days remains.


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Footsteps of Buddha Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Varanasi-ArrivalPass By: Lal Bahadur Shastri International AirportOn arrival transfer to hotel check in hotel. Later an English speaking guide will take you for Aarti Ceremony at Holy River Ganges. Stay overnight at Varanasi Hotel Meals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in VaranasiDay 2: Varanasi-Sarnath ExcursionPass By: Sarnath, Varanasi, Varanasi District, Uttar PradeshMorning boat ride at Holy river Ganges, back to hotel have your breakfast. An English speaking guide will take you Sarnath: which is one of the four places of Buddhist pilgrimage to which his devout followers should visit, if they wanted to visit a place for that reason. It was also the site of the Buddha's Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, which was his first teaching after attaining enlightenment.Afternoon back to city and visit : Kashi Vishwanath Temple, BHU, Sankat Mochan Temple, Tulsi Manas TempleStay overnight at Varanasi Hotel.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in VaranasiDay 3: Varanasi-Bodhgaya-DrivePass By: bodhgayaMorning after breakfast you will check out from the hotel. Later driven to Bodhgaya in which after arrival check in at hotel, an English guide will escort you for Bodhgaya sightseeing: Royal Bhutan Monastery, Great Budhha Statue, Daijokyo Buddhist Temple Stay overnight at BodhgayaMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in BodhgayaDay 4: Bodhgaya-SightseeingPass By: bodhgayaMorning after breakfast an English speaking local guide will escort you for main attractions of Bodhgaya: Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhi Tree, Animesh Lochna, Muchalinda Lake and Sujata Village Stay overnight at Bodhgaya Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in BodhgayaDay 5: Bodhgaya-Rajgir-Nalanda -DrivePass By: Nalanda, Patna, Patna District, BiharMorning after breakfast you will check out and drive for Rajgir to visit Vishwa Shanti Stupa and some other sights later continue drive for Patna. On the way visit Nalanda University which is known as one of the oldest university in the world. Arrive Patna and check in at hotel and relax.Stay overnight at Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in RajgirDay 6: Rajgir-Kushinagar-DrivePass By: KushinagarAfter breakfast check out and drive to Kushinagar. Later you will have the chance to visit the Maha-Pari Nirvana temple and Ramabhar Stupa. Stay overnight at KushinagarMeals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in KushinagarDay 7: Kushinagar-Lumbini-DrivePass By: Lumbini Temple.Morning after breakfast you will check out and drive to Lumbini. (Here you have to cross India Border and entry in Nepal, Nepal visa is required) . The entry permit takes a bit of time. On arrival check in at the Hotel.Night stay in Lumbini.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in LumbiniDay 8: Lumbini-SightseeingPass By: Rupandehi, Butwal, 15 No. Ward OfficeThe morning after breakfast Lumbini sightseeing. Lumbini - the birthplace of the Buddha, was located in 1890 after being untraced for 1,500 years. Evening sightseeing tour of Lumbini including a visit to the birth Place of Lord Buddha.Night stay in Lumbini.Meals included: • Breakfast • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight stay in LumbiniDay 9: Lumbini-Lucknow-dropPass By: Lucknow, Lucknow, Lucknow District, Uttar PradeshAfter breakfast drive to Lucknow & transfer to Airport to board your direct fight to Home.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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BUDDHIST TOUR FROM THE BIRTH TO DEATH

Day 01. New Delhi – Varanasi:-Arrive at Varanasi and transfer to the hotel & overnight at hotel.  Day 02. Varanasi:-In morning after Breakfast half day city tour of Sarnath, 10 km from Varanasi, where the Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park, contains the most impressive remains, as well as a modem temple. The Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi and Dhamek stupas are outstanding. There are also the remains of a monastery, and the beautifully polished Lion Capital of Ashoka. Return to hotel for overnight stay.  Day 03.  Varanasi – Bodhgaya:-Morning proceed for Bodhgaya drive. Bodhgaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. On arrival check into hotel and the rest of the day is free. You can leave for attending evening prayer at Mahabodhi temple. Later, return to the hotel and have a comfortable stay at night.  Day 04.  Bodhgaya:-Bodhgaya is counted one among the four most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. After having your breakfast, leave for a sightseeing trip around this beautiful place & return to the hotel and stay overnight  Day 05.  Bodh Gaya - Rajgir:-After breakfast, depart for Rajgir & check into hotel.  Day 06.  Rajgir – Patna:-After breakfast, proceed to Patna by road.  Arrive in Patna and check into hotel. Patna is Bihar's capital city and can be used as a base to visit the Buddhist sites of Vaishali and Kesariya. Return to hotel for night stay. Day 07.  Patna- Vaishali - Kushinagar:-Morning proceed to Kushinagar visiting Vaishali .After that continue drive to Kushinagar . Overnight stay at Kushinagar hotel.  Day 08.  Kushinagar – Lumbini:-Morning after Breakfast drive to Lumbini - the birth place of Lord Buddha.. Afternoon visit the birth place of Buddha - Mayadevi Temple. Overnight stay at Lumbini hotel.  Day 09.  Lumbini – Kapilavastu:-Morning leave for Kapilavastu - the childhood home of Gautam Buddha. & also visit ruins of the Palaces Overnight stay at Kapilavastu hotel.  Day 10.  Kapilavastu – Sravasti:-In the morning after Breakfast proceed to Sravasti where the Buddha preached most of his sermons. Here he is said to have performed many miracles, and levitated. Overnight stay in Sravasti. Day 11.  Sravasti – Lucknow:-Afternoon drive  to Lucknow. Check-in and overnight stay at Hotel in Lucknow.  Day 12.  Departure From Lucknow:-Morning city tour of Lucknow covers Imambara, Rumi Darwaza and other historical monuments. In the evening transfer to Airport for flight to Departure take flight for onward journey.

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Buddhist Tour

Day 01: ( New Delhi to Varanasi By Flight ) Arrive at Varanasi and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon proceed on a half day temple tour of Sarnath, 10 km from Varanasi, where the Buddha preached his first sermon in the Deer Park, contains the most impressive remains, as well as a modern temple. The Dharmarajika, Chaukhandi and Dhamek stupas are outstanding. There are also the remains of a monastery, and the beautifully polished Lion Capital of Ashoka. Return to hotel for overnight stay. Day 02: Varanasi - Bodhgaya :-Morning proceed for Bodhgaya which is about 247 kms / 6-7 hrs drive. Bodhgaya is the place where Gautama Buddha attained unsurpassed, supreme Enlightenment. On arrival check into hotel and after lunch enjoy the sightseeing of Bodhgaya is counted one among the four most important Buddhist pilgrimage sites. Explore the beauty of Buddhist culture and lifestyle with a stroll around this place. Visit places like the Great Buddha Statue, Niranjana River and Sujata Temple. Sightseeing of Maha Bodhi Temple and Bodhi Tree. Visit the Chinese Temple.overnight stay at Hotel Bodhgaya.Day 03: Bodhgaya - Rajgir - Nalanda  Patna :-In and around Nalanda Morning leave Bodhgaya for Patna (182 kms - 6 hrs) enroute visiting Rajgir and Nalanda. Rajgir is a site of great sanctity and significance for Buddhists. Rajgir is an important Buddhist pilgrimage site since the Buddha spent 12 years here and the first Buddhist council after the Buddha was hosted here at the Saptaparni caves. Afternoon visit Gridhakuta Hill, Bimbisara jail. Drive to Nalanda which is 14 kms drive and it was one of the oldest Universities of the World and International Centre for Buddhist Studies. Patna transfer to hotel for overnight stay.Day 04: Patna - Vaishali - Kushinagar:-Morning proceed to Kushinagar  Enroute visiting Vaishali - place where Buddha announced the approaching of his Mahaparinirvana. After that continue drive to Kushinagar (place where Lord Buddha had left the world behind him after offering an invaluable contribution to humanity, the great religion known as Buddhism). On arrival Kushinagar, transfer to hotel. Day 05: Kushinagar - Lumbini :-Morning drive to Lumbini - the birth place of Lord Buddha. . Afternoon visit the birth place of Buddha - Mayadevi Temple. Overnight stay at Lumbini hotel.Day 06 : Lumbini - Kapilavastu - Shravasti :- Morning leave for Sravasti Enroute visiting Kapilavastu - the childhood home of Gautam Buddha. After that proceed to Sravasti where the Buddha preached most of his sermons. . Overnight stay in Sravasti.Day 07: Shravasti - Lucknow :-Morning leave shravasti to Lucknow covers Imambara, Rumi Darwaza and other historical monuments. In the evening transfer to Lucknow Airport for flight for onward journey to New Delhi.

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India River Cruise – Ganges Adventure

Imagine the cruise of a lifetime along India's Ganges River. Unpack once in your cabin and let the riverboat move you from place to life-changing place for seven incredible days. Explore palace ruins at Rajmahal, trace 6th-century rock carvings with your own fingers, and photograph to your heart's content the picturesque Pawapuri Jain temple in the middle of a lake. Experience India in a way you haven't yet imagined.

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India River Cruise – Ganges Encompassed

Plan ahead and combine two river cruising tours along the famous Ganges River for 15 days so you don’t have to worry about missing anything. Get unpacked and comfortable in your cabin once and then relax and enjoy the journey from Patna to Kolkata. Explore palace ruins at Rajmahal, check out sixth-century rock carvings, take breathtaking photos of the Jain temple in the middle of a lake at Pawapuri, and sail through local villages to see historical battlegrounds, terracotta temples, and the Katgola palace. Experience India in a way only river cruising can show you.

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India River Cruise: The Holy Ganges

Cruise the storied waters of the Ganges River on a 12-day adventure. By riverboat and on land, soak up the immense power of this vital waterway as you sail to picturesque local villages and see stunning temples and palaces. Cap off the experience with a four-day land excursion to the city of Varanasi, considered by many to be the spiritual capital of India.